Do you know who you are in God? Do you know who you are to God? Jesus did. Jesus knew who He was in and to God, and Jesus knew all that the Father had given Him.
Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. – John 13:3-5
This knowledge of who Jesus truly was – who Jesus is and will be forever – in relationship to His God gave Jesus the absolute power to be completely and outrageously humble. No act of loving servanthood – no matter how lowly or behind the scenes – could ever deny the truth of Jesus’ eternal authority, power and position in His Holy God and Eternal Father.
It is in knowing and believing that we are loved perfectly, fully and unfailingly by our Holy God that we can more fully risk being rejected. Jesus did.
It is in knowing and believing that our God is absolutely faithful to us that we can more fully risk offering true love, forgiveness, kindness and compassion to those who are unfaithful and cruel to us. Jesus did.
It is in knowing and believing that our God is victorious over all that would break our hearts, weaken our bodies, crush our spirits and end our earthly lives that we can more fully risk giving thanks and trusting God during the shadow of death times in our lives. Jesus did.
It is in knowing and believing that we are children of the Most High God who “has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves” (Colossians 1:13), that we can more fully risk living in the incredible joy and hope of our promised resurrection and eternal life with our Heavenly Abba. Jesus did.
It is in knowing and believing that we have been given eternal and immutable honor as a child of the Living God, that we can more fully risk loving and serving others in the most humble, unappreciated and unacknowledged ways to make known the love of our God. Jesus did.
Knowing who we are in God and knowing who we are to God – believing these truths, holding onto these truths and living in these truths – will bring blessings of peace and power to us for fulfilling God’s loving, healing and transforming purpose in our lives. And through us into the lives of others! Just as Jesus did!